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Summer Salad with Orzo and Lemon Olive Oil

Lemon Orzo Salad

By Chef Lippe

Now that the kids are on summer vacation we spend a lot of time at the beach and need some good picnic food. This salad is fun and easy to make and you can make it with any vegetables and server it warm or cold. It travels well without spoiling because it has olive oil instead of heavy mayonnaise.  The kids love it because I let them pick out the color of the orzo (red, white, green) and the vegetables that we use. One time we had spinach orzo with yellow corn and red tomatoes. Today we are having white orzo with green peas, artichoke and white beans with lemon flavored olive oil. You can add chicken or shrimp to either dish if you have some way to keep it cold until you serve it at the beach.

Enjoy the water!

Ingredients:

1/2 pound orzo pasta
1 cup cooked fresh peas (or frozen peas if you are in a hurry to get to the beach)
1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped into bite-sized chunks
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed in cold water
2 cups arugula
sea salt (try lemon or garlic flavored sea salt)
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil lemon flavored

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Season the water with some salt, then cook the orzo pasta according to package directions (about 9 minutes). Drain well and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Add the peas, artichokes, white beans, and arugula on top of the orzo and season the salad with salt and pepper to taste. Add the lemon olive oil.  Toss with a spoon until all the ingredients are well combined. It’s ready to serve, but tastes best if made a few hours or even the night before so flavors can really develop.   Add some crumbled feta cheese or shaved parmesan if you like just before you serve it.

Here is another version that is good on its own or as a bed for a nice piece of grilled salmon.

Ingredients:

1 cup orzo

2 cloves garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons freshly flavored Lemon Olive Oil

8 asparagus spears, chopped

1 cup packed fresh spinach

1/3 cup feta cheese

Salt and pepper, to taste

Lemon wedges or slices, to garnish (optional)

Bring 4 cups of salted water to a boil. Stir in orzo. Cook until tender, about 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Sauté garlic in 1 teaspoon Lemon Olive Oil over medium heat. Add asparagus pieces and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Stir in spinach. Continue cooking until the asparagus is tender and the spinach wilts.

Stir together orzo and vegetables in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with remaining teaspoon of Lemon Olive Oil. Sprinkle feta cheese over the top of the salad.

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Blueberry Yogurt Cake with Lemon Glaze

Blueberry Yogurt Cake with Lemon Glaze
Adapted from Vegetarian Times


I have made a few changes with this cake to make it gluten free.  I have changed the flour to almond flour and grapeseed flour which gives it a nutty taste that goes well with the blueberries.  I am sure that your friends will not even know that it is gluten free unless you tell them. The cake is light and fluffy and is great for breakfast or after dinner as dessert.
Cake
1-1/4 cups almond flour, divided
1/4 cup grapeseed flour chardonnay
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup grape seed lemon infused oil
2 Tablespoons Cointreau liqueur (or water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temperature
7 oz. plain Greek yogurt
2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed)

Glaze
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
1 Tablespoon Cointreau liqueur (or water)

Sift together 1 cup plus 3 Tablespoons almond flour, grapeseed flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.

Beat brown sugar, oil, Cointreau (or water) and vanilla in a separate bowl with electric mixer until smooth.  Beat in eggs.  Alternately add flour mixture and yogurt to egg mixture until combined.

Toss blueberries with remaining 1 Tablespoon flour and fold into batter.

Grease and flour a 9 x 5 loaf pan.  Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 70 minutes (mine only took 50 minutes, possibly even less but I hadn’t checked on it; that’s a big discrepancy to me so watch your cake starting at 45 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before flipping out of pan.

To make glaze: Whisk together all ingredients in small bowl.  Poke holes all over the top of the cake with a wooden skewer.  Brush cake with glaze.  Cool completely before serving.

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Merlot Chocolate Chip Cookies

GLUTEN Free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Merlot Grapeseed Flour

By Chef Lippe

Your favorite cookies with gluten free flour made with grape seeds. Grapeseed flour is rich in antioxidants, calcium and potassium and dietary fiber.  Yes now you can eat cookies without the guilt! Better yet the taste is so good your friends will not even know that it is gluten free.  This recipe makes a little over a dozen cookies.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups blanced almond flour

¼ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon baking soda

¼ cup grapeseed oil

¼ cup agave nectar

¼ cup Merlot grapeseed flour

¼ cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Combine dry ingredients in large bowl

Stir together wet ingredients in smaller bowl

Mix wet with dry ingredients

Make ½ inch balls and press onto a lined baking sheet

Bake at 350 for 7 to 10 minutes

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Grapeseed Oil for Heart Healthy Fried Faba Bean Snack

By Chef Lippe

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil has been a well kept secret of gourmet chefs for a long time. It is light and nutty, yet neutral flavor and has the ability to enhance the flavor of a recipe without overpowering them.  It leaves no greasy aftertaste! Which makes it excellent for marinades and salad dressings. Grapeseed oil has a high smoke point (485 F) making it ideal for hot food preparation such as frying and sautéing without smoking. No more setting of the smoke alarms!

Grapeseed oil is made from the seeds of grapes after the wine is pressed. There is no need for hybrid or genetically engineered crops and it does not require additional usage of farmland or water to produce.

Grapeseed oil is high in vitamin E and is 76% essential fatty acid, linoleic acid (also known as Omega 6), low in saturated fat.  It contains natural chlorophyll and valuable antioxidants known as proanthocyninidins. Studies have shown that these antioxidants can significantly raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides and may even lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and impotency!

Grapeseed oil has the ability to slow down and reverse free radical damage and reduce the risk of heart disease and slow down skin aging. It is 50 times more potent than Vitamin E and 20 times more effective than Vitamin C in destroying free radicals that roam the body and damage cells.  Additional studies have shown that grapeseed oil can help protect the body from sun damage, improve vision, improve joint flexibility, improve blood circulation and reduce allergic and asthmatic symptoms by inhibiting the formation of histmines.

It contains NO cholesterol, NO sodium and NO preservatives. It is NOT hydrogenated and contains NO solvents, NO trans-fatty acids or free fatty acids. In other words it is so much better for us than any other type of oil.

Grapeseed oil has long been used to promote health.  Some believed it to be an ingredient in a dish know as pulse, and the Old Testament tells us that the prophet Daniel preferred eating this dish over others in order to stay healthy.  To this day, grapeseed oil is used in many cosmetics and skin care products promoting healthy skin.

Pulses are dishes that include chickpeas, peas, lentils, beans and lupins. Pulses are low fat, high fiber, no cholesterol, low glycemic index, high protein, high nutrient foods.  They are excellent foods for people managing diabetes, heart disease or coeliac disease.

Enjoy and know that you are eating healthy!

Faba Nuts

This traditional crunchy snack is popular throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. They are simple to prepare and provide a tasty alternative to the salted nuts often served with drinks.

Serves: 6
Preparation: 1 hour
Cooking: 20 – 25 mins
Legume Lead-In: Soak whole or split dried faba beans overnight in three times their volume of water. Beans should be consistent size for even frying. Kabuli chickpeas can also be used as a substitute or combine the two types when done for a tasty medley.

Ingredients

  • Desired quantity of faba beans and / or kabuli chickpeas
  • Grapeseed oil roasted garlic

Seasoning

  • Garlic salt
  • Chicken salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chilli powder
  • Cumin and / or coriander

Instructions

  1. Deep fry in very hot grapeseed oil. Caution: Cover pot while faba beans are frying or be prepared to clean your entire kitchen! Some pop like popcorn.
  2. Cooking time varies according to bean size. Try a few first to get the precise cooking time – our testers found 2 minutes was too short and 3 minutes too long for their conditions. The bean should reach consistency of a roasted chestnut.
  3. When cooked, spead on paper towel to absorb excess oil.
  4. Lightly salt or spice as desired.
  5. Once cooled, Faba Nuts will remain crisp in airtight container.

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Time to relax!

It’s time to RELAX!!!

By Chef Lippe

This week was a busy week with three days spent at the Fancy Food Show here in Washington, DC. The Convention Center was the host to over 2000 food and food related vendors.  I meet with lots of friends and met even more new friends.  I want to share with you what several of my new friends are doing:

Tonewood

Tonewood is redefining a standard for elegance and quality in maple products. Through collaboration with expert sugar makers, we produce pure maple syrups and other specialties. Our products are single-sourced, unblended, and free of additives.

Few things are as imbedded in North American history as maple production. Native Americans were harvesting maple sap and converting it to sugar long before Europeans arrived on the continent. Unique to the northeastern United States and part of Canada, Maple trees are the world’s only self-sustaining crop. They do not deplete the soil; they do not require chemicals, pesticides, cutting, or harvesting. As a result, maple production is environmentally-friendly, organic, and sustainable.

Maple syrup’s benefits extend beyond its great taste. Maple products contain 20 unique health promoting compounds including disease fighting anti-oxidants, minerals, and phenolic compounds. Loaded with nutrients, including manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, and potassium, maple is being hailed as a super food, capable of preventing and fighting diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Maple products are also fat free and contain fewer calories than other sweetening alternatives, including honey, corn syrup, and refined sugars. Since maple syrup and maple sugar can be used as direct substitutes for these other sweetening methods, a simple adjustment can turn your most decadent recipe into a guiltless indulgence.

Recent studies acknowledge the terroir, or “taste of place,” of maple syrup. Simply, just as wine varies in taste depending on where the grapes were grown, maple products vary in taste depending on where the maple trees are rooted. To produce superior maple syrup requires the ideal climate, growing conditions, topography, and geography.

Our location in Mad River Valley, VT combines rich soil, southern facing slopes, and high elevation with ideal maple climate, allowing us to produce sap of unparalleled quality.  Our artisan sugar makers use refined harvesting and crafting techniques to transform this sap into pure maple syrup with exquisite clarity, color, density, and flavor. Their artisan approach is outlined below:

1. In early spring, warm days and freezing nights mark the brief maple harvesting season.

2. In preparation for the harvesting season, sugar makers drill small holes and insert taps to allow for sap to run out of the trees.

3. As warm weather thaws the trees’ sap reserves, excess sap runs through the taps and is collected.

4Sugar makers carefully boil the sap over a fire, concentrating watery sap to less than 3% of its original volume to produce the thick, rich syrup.

5. Through a refined straining process, sugar makers remove any impurities from the syrup.

6. Syrup is sealed into our distinctive glass bottles to preserve freshness, taste, and purity as it makes its way from our producers to your home.

One of Tonewoods Special Projects is to ADOPT A Maple Tree

The Tonewood adoption program provides an opportunity to support small maple producers and sustainable farming practices, while enjoying an assortment of Tonewood’s specialty products. When you adopt, you offer small scale producers added financial security, with which they can run, improve, or grow their operations. Maple production is an expensive, specialized, and labor intensive industry, increasingly threatened by competition from inexpensive, imitation syrups and large scale producers, who blend their syrup from multiple sources. By adopting a tree, you can help preserve family-owned farms and the tradition of maple production.

Here is the story of one of the family farms:

Hartshorn Sugarbush has been family-worked and owned for eight generations. This sugarbush is situated on a picturesque mountainside in the Mad River Valley. Due to the steep terrain, the Hartshorns must cope with avalanches, which frequently bury production lines. However, the Hartshorns credit the difficult terrain for their syrup’s superior flavor. The Hartshorns won the coveted Best of Show award at the Vermont Farm Show on the 100th anniversary of Vermont’s Maple Association, and they have accumulated hundreds of awards over the years.

Every year, David Hartshorn and his children tap 5,000 trees and produce roughly 1500 gallons of maple syrup. The family has implemented a modern pipeline network, vacuum system, and reverse osmosis system to increase harvesting efficiency, allowing sugar makers to focus on their craft.

Adopt one of David Hartshorn’s trees for a year and you’ll receive an assortment of gourmet maple products produced at the Hartshorn sugarbush. Proceeds from adoptions support our partnering sugarmakers and fund research to protect future maple production. Adoption provides an opportunity for you to support talented craftsmen and protect the environment, while indulging in a sweet treat.

 

To purchase any of Tonewoods Maple Syrup Products visit our web site at http://shop.cheflippe.com/sugar/  We look forward to seeing you this September at the Farmers Markets.

OUR NEXT NEW FRIENDS are from NY

Charlitos:

Our approach is to work slowly and steadily and make everything from scratch. We like to consider ourselves an incubator for gastronomic ideas. It is in this spirit that we will always strive to explore and experiment with new recipes and new products.

Our intention is to preserve gastronomic tradition and to help integrate it into the time in which we live. Our emphasis is on technique and ingredients. Our products are simple and made with the cleanest, best ingredients we can find, with technique that has survived and evolved through generations.

All of our products are made by hand, slowly, in small batches. You will find a hand-written batch number on every item.

Charlito’s Story is:

About Charlito’s Cocina

Founded in 2011, C.C.’s aim is to explore and utilize the rich gastronomic traditions used to preserve food prior to the days of refrigeration and freezers. It is in the spirit of this robust tradition that we strive to create delicious, shelf stable foods using the cleanest, most well raised ingredients possible.

Because the curing of meat plays such a prominent role in the tradition of food preservation, it is one of our primary focuses. We derive our influence in this category primarily from the curing traditions of Spain, while striving, one product at a time, to distinguish a style that is uniquely our own. All the meat we use is 100% pasture raised, heritage breed pork. The salt we use is all hand harvested fleur de sel.

About “Charlito,” by Charles

After gaining a wealth of knowledge working under two mentor-chefs who produced much of their own charcuterie, I attended the French Culinary Institute in New York City, where I was fortunate to work closely with a master charcutier. After finishing at FCI, I traveled to Spain to study the Spanish tradition of curing meats and preserving food with family in Salamanca and Extremadura who had been curing meats and olives, and making wine, among other things, in their home for generations.

Born Charles Samuel Wekselbaum, and Raised in New York City in a Cuban-American household, I took on the nickname, “Charlito,” derived partially from a difficulty that Spanish speakers close to me seemed to  have pronouncing “Charles,” and partially of a willingness to bestow an affectionate nickname upon “little Charles.” The nickname stuck. It is rife with love, affection, and now, history. The name “Charlito’s Cocina” seemed a most fitting way to give proud and accurate identity to this gastronomic adventure.

One taste of their wonderful salami’s and you will think you are in heaven! We are proud to offer their line of products at http://shop.cheflippe.com/fig-salami/  and we will see you at the Farmer’s Market this September.

And now it time to relax with an old friend!

Melissa Kushi, Founder, President, Sustainable Sourcing, LLC

Melissa Kushi, Founder and President of Sustainable Sourcing, has devoted much of her life’s work to sustainable foods, macrobiotics, and ethical business models. As a social entrepreneur she traveled the world – creating bamboo micro-industries in Africa, replacing coca crops in the jungles of Peru, and introducing Japanese Hokkaido heirloom soybeans to organic farmers in the US.

At an early age, Kushi was trained by the legendary pioneers of the Natural Foods Industry, and leaders of the international Macrobiotic movement, Michio and Aveline Kushi, her father and late mother-in-law. Studying in Japan, she learned the traditional arts of making miso, umeboshi, tofu, and traditional Japanese cooking, where she came to fully understand the value and importance of high quality salt for health and longevity.  She also completed her Masters in Chinese Metaphysics, and was a successful natural foods cooking teacher, macrobiotic educator, and an international organic commodities trader.  Being passionate to share her childhood experiences of growing up on an organic farm in the south, Melissa taught organic gardening at a Rudolf Steiner school, where her children attended.

In her travels and while working with indigenous people, Melissa was inspired by their wealth of ancient knowledge, biodiversity and traditional heirloom foods.  Out of her study and work, she believes that this traditional body of knowledge, combined with today’s cutting edge green technologies, to be key to our collective future. She has also witnessed the effects of adopting a “modern” refined diet in these indigenous communities, and how it has eroded their health, natural farming practices and the rich biodiverse regions they inhabit. Out of this realization, Melissa began to work with communities on the Navajo reservation to create indigenous permaculture projects – bringing in much needed funds, heirloom seeds, low-tech green irrigation systems, and with her children, spent summers working fields of corn, beans, squash, chiles, and other high desert native foods in these communities.

It became clear to her that — as the third world seeks balance and survival, the first world seeks balance and meaning. Creating a circle of compassion and humanity between these two worlds inspired her to create Sustainable Sourcing as a means for nourishing both.

While Kushi possesses expertise at sourcing the highest quality natural products around the globe, she is passionately committed to creating products that bring added social value to consumers.  By providing products that increase wellbeing while making a difference, it helps to close the gap between consumers and the source community.  It also helps to supports and preserves the environment and a more humane, natural way of life.  This is accomplished through her 5% give back, so each time you do something as simple as use HimalaSalt or her organic peppercorns, you are making a difference on the planet.

Melissa has worked diligently to design her product lines with the least impact on the earth, leaving the smallest footprint possible.  All packaging is either 100% recycled, recyclable, refillable, or reusable, and her entire operation is offset with wind and solar certified by the Green-e.  Going far beyond the requirements for certification, which offsets electrical use only, Melissa, with the help of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, has offset every aspect of her company’s fossil fuel consumption by calculating annual use for production, the creation of packaging, ocean freight, trucking, travel and shows, marketing, and what it takes to operate her new certified organic, kosher passover certified artisan production facility in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of New England.

Melissa continues to support the renewal of traditional diet in indigenous regions as a way to recover health, biodiversity, and to create heirloom food security, with ongoing projects on Native American reservations and in the Himalayas.

Enjoy the video on massage with hot Himalayan salt stones and when your ready visit us at http://shop.cheflippe.com/himalayan-sea-salt-massage-stones/  to get your set.

All of our vendors and friends have one similar goal, to provide you with the best product, with the least amount of harm to either the animals or the planet.  At the convention I would tell the vendor that I wanted to be able to meet “Betsy” the cow and if Betsy and I liked each other then we could do business.  If they did not understand this way of doing business then I moved on.  I hope you take the time to visit our online store and meet some of our wonderful friends.  We look forward to seeing you again in September at the farmers Market.

 Himalayan Salt Stone Massage

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Asparagus and Cheese Dip

Asparagus and Cheese Dip

By Chef Lippe

For those moms who can’t get their kids to eat health food this this great dip made with fresh Asparagus, goat cheese and almonds.  Just like green eggs and ham…green cheese and pasta. Serve over a colorful pasta or with vegetable sticks.

Ingredients:

1 bunch of asparagus, cut into pieces and cooked

2 cloves of garlic

¼ cup almonds toasted

1 cup parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon sonoma rub

1 pinch of garlic roasted sea salt

½ cup sour cream

½ cup goat cheese

Directions:

Cook asparagus in boiling water until crisp-tender about 3 minutes. Remove asparagus from water and dry.

Once asparagus is cooled transfer to food processor, add garlic, almonds, cheeses, sonoma rub, salt and pepper and sour cream. Blend until pesto consistency.

This is a tasty creamy preparation that does well as a dip for parties or used as a topping in stead of pesto.

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Gluten Free NY style Cheesecake with peaches

Gluten Free NY style Cheesecake with peaches

By Chef Lippe

When I was a little boy I was always in the kitchen bugging the cook, there were a few things that I learned:  1) that this was Cook’s secret family recipe for cheesecake, and 2) that she always cut the end off the ham because that is the way Cook’s Grandma made the ham taste so good.

Well now that I am a Chef I have found out a few things about Cook’s idea of cooking: 1) Yes it may have been Cook’s recipe, and yes it came from her head but that did not mean it was a family invented recipe, and 2) she cut the end off the ham bone all those years because her mom did, only to find out that she did it to make it fit in a smaller pan.  The point of the story is to say that: 1) In cooking few things are new…usually just a twist on something already tried, and 2) just because it’s always been done that way does not mean that we can’t change it. So feel free to add or change the ingredients in a recipe and make it your own.

So here are my changes on a typical NY style cheesecake.

Ingredients

  • ½ to 1 box of gluten free gingerbread cookies, crushed (depends on how much crust your family likes)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 4 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup gluten free almond flour
  • 1 large can of sliced peaches
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cookie crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this prevents cracking. Chill in refrigerator until serving.

Topping

Over medium heat melt butter in large pan, add peaches, stirring until warm. Add sugar, bringing to a boil. Remove from heat, add extract. Serve warm over cheese cake or cool in refrigerator and serve cold. It taste good both ways.

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